Academy Students Selected to Participate in the FBISD Student Leadership 101 Cohort
Left: Anjali James Center: Alina Mawji Right: Jonathon Carey
Every year the FBISD Board of Trustees selects three juniors
from each high school campus to participate in the FBISD Student Leadership 101
Cohort. This year, selected students from Hightower High School were Digital
Media Academy student Jonathan Carey and Medical Science Academy students
Anjali James and Alina Mawji. The Cohort members sat down with Academy
Coordinator, Shelby Nilsen, to talk about their experiences in the group. When
asked how they learned about the program,
Anjali and Alina stated that they knew one of the students who participated in
the Cohort during the previous year, senior Medical Science Academy student Ebe
Ewere. The girls asked Ebe about the programs and became interested in applying
when the application was published. To ensure they knew when to apply, they researched the program on the FBISD
website. Jonathan stated that his mother had heard about the program and mentioned
it to him; after researching the
opportunities and experiences he would gain from involvement in the program, he became very interested and soon began working
on his application.
To apply for the program,
students must submit an online application which includes an essay, teacher
recommendations, and meet a specific a grade requirement. Students selected to the program were notified in November
2015 and had their first seminar that month. The FBISD Student Leadership 101
Cohort meets once a month; they either have a seminar or a field experience.
The Academy students were asked to talk about what they have learned about
themselves up to this point in the program. Anjali spoke about the Strength
Finder, a Gallup assessment that helps to you discover your top five talents1.
She found it interesting to learn about how each leader approaches a situation
and how the different “talents” can work together to better the outcome. Her
top talent was an achiever while Alina’s top talent was a learner/analytical.
Alina’s favorite experience so far has been the Ropes course. Here she learned
a great deal about communication, specifically how the different forms of
communication can affect the goal of a team or organization. Jonathon’s most
memorable experience was the tour of the juvenile detention center and Fort
Bend County court rooms and the presentation by one of the prosecutors. From
the attorney’s presentation he learned that it is okay to try different things,
until you find your passion. The experiences you have will help you to be a better
“you” and better at what you do
All three students are highly involved in campus life at
Hightower High School.
a Digital Media Academy student, is also a
member of the HHS band. In December he had the honor of performing at the
Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a member of the 2015-2016 Region
Jazz Band made up of students from across Fort Bend ISD. To help build his
skills in business, Jonathon joined the HHS chapter of the Future Business
Leaders of America (FBLA) and is looking forward to competition season. In his
spare time he enjoys playing in the band at his church.
Anjali (MedSci Academy) is also a
member of the HHS chapter of FBLA, as well as Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity.
In addition, she recently joined the debate team. She volunteers at an assisted
living community in Stafford, Texas and is part of a non-profit organization
through her church that raises money to support the education of two students
Alina (also MedSci Academy), like Jonathon and Anjali,
is a member of FBLA as well as the Red Cross and the debate team. She has been
on the debate team for several years and has placed at multiple competitions.
Since the seventh grade she has played the viola and is a part of the HHS
Orchestra. In her spare time she volunteers at her mosque where she is now a
student leader and is part of I-CERVE (Ismaili Community Involved in
Responsible Volunteering), an organization in which group members volunteer
together at various community centers and the Houston Food Bank.
All three students have enjoyed their time in the Cohort and
are looking forward to exciting experiences throughout the course of the spring
semester. To learn more about the FBISD Student Leadership 101 Program, visit the FBISD Board of Trustees page. You can
also read the recently published FBISD news articles by clicking on the links